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Developing Leadership in Practice (DLiP™)

Developing Leadership in Practice is a programme designed by experts in practice. It aims to help practitioners develop, project and hone the leadership qualities expected of a new or aspiring partner.

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What past delegates have to say about the programme

Sue has been a really great coach - I can't praise her enough for her invaluable advice, guidance and support!

Development Programme Overview


DLiPTM is a four-month development programme. Through workshops, case studies, peer learning, self-reflection, personal assessments, and one-on-one coaching, participants will learn the essential skills, capabilities and behaviours required to be a commercially confident partner in the digital age. The development programme structure allows participants the time and space to focus, reflect, and practise while they perform their daily duties.

DLiPTM gives delegates the unique opportunity to be coached by an experienced practice leader. Our coaches have been selected for their extensive experience, leadership capability and commitment to people development.

  • Key details
    • Duration: Four months
    • Location: The development programme takes place in person at Chartered Accountants’ Hall, London
    • Start date: DLiP™ Spring - 14 March 2023
  • Participant profile
    Participants are typically less than 18 months into their first partner role or are one or two career stages away. 
  • MBTI (Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator)
    Participants will complete the MBTI assessment and gain deep, constructive insight into themselves: how they take in information; make decisions; adapt their behaviour in different environments - and how they can use the results to maximise performance. 
  • Practical workshops

    DLiP™  workshops simulate the core challenges Partner’s face – enabling participants to prepare and practise in a consequence free environment. 

    There are four workshops:

    1. Ready for partnership
    2. You, as a leader
    3. In service to clients
    4. A sustainable future
  • 180-day plan

    Participants form their 180-day plan before starting the development programme and continuously add new elements during the programme. The plan aims to identify specific activities, behaviours and priorities participants want to address during the programme. After the development programme is complete participants will then present their 180-day plan to their sponsors.

  • Learning from peers
    Throughout the programme, participants will share the challenges they are experiencing with developing leadership skills in a confidential, supportive environment with peers. Peers provide participants with insightful, objective viewpoints that will allow them to tackle the problem from a different perspective.
  • Personal one to one guidance from a professional coach

    Throughout the development programme participants will have four one-hour sessions, booked around their schedule with an experienced coach.

    Coaches are there to impart their invaluable wisdom and help participants navigate current and future work challenges.

Coaches and facilitators

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Cath Harries

An Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant with over twenty years’ experience working with global bluechip companies, public organisations and high-profile charities including PwC, Cancer Research UK, Barclays, The Prince’s Trust, War Child, CISCO and NATO. Cath is a Professional Credentialed Coach (PCC) at ICAEW with the International Coaching Federation, and is certified in Standout and Strengths based coaching. She is both an NLP and MBTI practitioner, and draws on her Somatic Coaching practice – helping clients step out of autopilot to reconnect with the present.

Sue Mitchell, DLiP coach

Sue Mitchell ACA

With over 10 years’ experience as an in-house executive coach within KPMG, Sue has coached extensively on a wide range of areas including the development of the talent population, leadership skills, and transition into senior roles. She is an experienced facilitator, having developed and run a wide range of skill-based workshops.


Benefits for organisations

Proactively build a pipeline of credible successors for partner roles
Developing leadership skills needed for partners to run, lead and grow the firm
Access to current thinking on trends driving change in the profession – from automation to managing millenials
Exposure to the practices of other firms and a chance to learn from fellow practitioners
Prepare partners to tackle strategic challenges e.g. supporting clients through digital change (case study)

Benefits for participants

Understand what it means to be a partner and the mindset required to lead a firm
Understand your unique strengths and how to apply them for success in the partner role
Developing leadership skills to lead and inspire teams, grow clients and develop strategy
A peer network that offers challenge/support and builds your resilience and confidence
1:1 coaching to develop a clear vision and strategy for how you will add value as partner


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To find out more information call us on +44 (0)20 7920 8409 or register your interest below.

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